- “I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future.”
- The decision comes after a controversial interview that Prince Andrew granted the BBC.
- In recent months, Prince Andrew has been questioned about his longstanding friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, has decided to relinquish his royal obligations. The Duke of York says he has made the decision because of how the royal family is being affected by the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal in which he is squarely involved.
“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work,” he said in a statement that was released by the Buckingham Palace. The announcement was made through a communiqué which was widely shared on social media networks, which read that authorization was requested from the Queen, a request that queen Elizabeth II accepted. “Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission,” said Andrew, the 59 years old Duke of York.
The decision comes after a controversial interview that Prince Andrew granted the BBC. He was asked in detail about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and was confronted with the testimony of the victims, who accuse him of knowing his friend’s behavior. One of the women accuses Prince Andrew of forcing her into various sexual episodes. The prince denies everything.
The interview is being criticized because the royal family member didn’t show compassion in his statements. Claudia Joseph, an expert in royal family affairs, says the prince should not even have given the interview. “It was a very misguided interview, and I find it very sad that he was not prepared properly. Perhaps the correct decision would have been not to give the interview because he was unable to show remorse,” says Joseph.
Considered by many to be Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite son, Prince Andrew abdicates various commitments to society, including promoting economic growth and helping to create jobs. Since the interview this week, several entities and companies, including BT and Barclays, have decided to disassociate themselves from the royal family member’s image.
Jeffrey Epstein and the Alleged Sexual Scandal
In recent months, Prince Andrew has been questioned about his longstanding friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. This year, Epstein was accused of hiring teenagers to provide sexual services to him and his friends on several occasions. He was found dead while in prison in August this year while he was still awaiting trial. Many believe he was murdered, but authorities have since confirmed that he committed suicide.
One of Epstein’s victims accuses Prince Andrew of forcing her into three episodes of sex that took place in various locations, one at Jeffrey’s home in New York, and another at an Epstein holiday home. The royal family member denies any involvement with any of the alleged victims and also denies some of the events that are told in the legal depositions.
At the age of 93, Elizabeth II sees one of her children abdicate her commitments to the royal family, something that usually only happens due to illness. So far, the British royal family has not commented on Prince Andrew’s decision.